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Steelers Newest WR Was “Big Play James” In College

Quite a few fans of the Pittsburgh Steelers were probably expecting the team to select a wide receiver at some point during the 2018 NFL Draft. Many, however, were probably expecting the Steelers to select a wide receiver with some nice height and blazing speed during this year’s draft and especially after the team traded wide receiver Martavis Bryant to the Oakland Raiders on Thursday night.

While the Steelers ultimately drafted a wide receiver in the second-round, the one that they selected, Oklahoma State product James Washington, is neither very tall nor very fast on paper. Washington, however, played much taller and must faster than his measurables might suggest during his four seasons at Oklahoma State. In fact, of the first 10 wide receivers selected in the 2018 NFL Draft, Washington not only possesses the second-best yards per reception stat of the group, he also averaged the most receptions of 25 yards or longer per game during his college career.

Not only did Washington register an astounding 57 receptions that resulted in gains of 25 yards or longer during his four years at Oklahoma State, most of those receptions came via passes thrown way down the field. In short, most of Washington’s big plays during his college career did not come as a result of long runs following short receptions via quick slants or wide receiver screens.

To better illustrate the amazing big play college career that Washington had at Oklahoma State and how those big plays followed reception way down the field, below is a breakdown of the 19 receptions he had that gained 25 yards or more from the 2017 season. This breakdown of these plays includes data such as quarter, down, distance needed, and the original line of scrimmage. Additionally, I have included the distance past the line of scrimmage that each football was caught in addition to the yards gained after each reception.

Amazingly, 15 of the 19 total receptions that Washington registered during Oklahoma State’s 2017 season included him catching the football more than 25 yards past the original line of scrimmage. In fact, those 19 receptions included Washington catching the football 34.4 yards past the original line of scrimmage, on average. That’s a pretty impressive stat.

If you click the link included in each play-by-play description, it will take to the video footage of the actual play so that you can see the context of each. Notice in each one the kind of coverage and defense that Washington and the Oklahoma State offense is facing and how the wide receiver is able to win each time.

A few things that stick out about Washington and especially in these 19 plays from last season, is that he lined up on the right side of the formation on every one of them. Additionally, all but one of these 19 big plays listed below came on either first or second downs.

I didn’t have time to research Washington’s deep pass reception percentage ahead of writing this post, but I will certainly have those stats for you, along with several others, whenever I am finished charting all of his career college games. For now, I just wanted you to see the kind of big play production Washington had during his college career and how he went about achieving it.

RECEIVING STATS OF FIRST 10 WIDE RECEIVERS SELECTED IN 2018 NFL DRAFT PER cfbstats.com

PLAYER HGT WGT 40 RND PICK TEAM GMS REC YDS YPR TD 1ST 15+ 25+ 25+PG
D.J. Moore 6000 210 4.42c 1 24 CAR 36 146 2027 13.9 17 84 48 21 0.58
Calvin Ridley 6004 189 4.43c 1 26 ATL 44 224 2781 12.4 19 119 55 31 0.70
Courtland Sutton 6033 218 4.54c 2 40 DEN 38 195 3220 16.5 31 133 84 40 1.05
Dante Pettis 6004 186 4.47p 2 44 SFO 48 163 2256 13.8 24 100 53 24 0.50
Christian Kirk 5103 201 4.47c 2 47 ARI 39 234 2856 12.2 26 114 58 33 0.85
Anthony Miller 5111 201 4.50p 2 51 CHI 38 238 3590 15.1 37 144 84 39 1.03
James Washington 5110 213 4.54c 2 60 PIT 50 226 4472 19.8 39 164 97 57 1.14
D.J. Chark 6027 199 4.34c 2 61 JAX 22 66 1340 20.3 6 42 28 22 1.00
Michael Gallup 6006 205 4.51c 3 81 DAL 25 176 2685 15.3 21 112 67 26 1.04
Tre’Quan Smith 6016 203 4.49c 3 91 NOR 37 168 2748 16.4 22 108 68 35 0.95

2017 25-PLUS YARD RECEPTION DATA FOR JAMES WASHINGTON

OPPONENT PLAY BY PLAY QRT DWN DIST LOS PDIST YAC
TULSA (6:35 – 1st) Rudolph pass complete to Washington for 40 yds for a TD 1 2 11 TUL 40 40 0
TULSA (2:04 – 2nd) Rudolph pass complete to Washington for 77 yds for a TD 2 1 10 OSU 23 48 29
S. ALABAMA (5:31 – 1st) Rudolph pass complete to Washington for 66 yds for a TD 1 2 6 OSU 34 13 53
S. ALABAMA (1:46 – 1st) Rudolph pass complete to Washington for 30 yds to the SAlab 4 for a 1ST 1 1 10 SAL 34 29 1
PITTSBURGH (7:07 – 2nd) Rudolph pass complete to Washington for 31 yds to the Pitt 16 for a 1ST 2 3 7 PIT 47 28 2
PITTSBURGH (11:42 – 3rd) Rudolph pass complete to Washington for 39 yds to the OKSt 40 for a 1ST 1 1 10 OSU 1 21 18
TEXAS CHRISTIAN (2:15 – 1st) Rudolph pass complete to Washington for 86 yds for a TD 1 2 6 OSU 14 48 38
TEXAS TECH (14:14 – 2nd) Rudolph pass complete to Washington for 30 yds to the TexTc 20 for a 1ST 2 2 8 MID 50 18 12
BAYLOR (0:57 – 1st) Rudolph pass complete to Washington for 45 yds to the Bayl 20 for a 1ST 1 1 10 OSU 35 45 0
BAYLOR (2:58 – 2nd) Rudolph pass complete to Washington for 43 yds to the Bayl 1 for a 1ST 2 1 10 BAY 44 37 6
BAYLOR (15:00 – 3rd) Rudolph pass complete to Washington for 58 yds 3 1 10 OSU 20 44 14
BAYLOR (6:24 – 3rd) Rudolph pass complete to Washington for 68 yds for a TD 3 2 3 OSU 32 14 54
OKLAHOMA (14:37 – 2nd) Rudolph pass complete to Washington for 51 yds to the Okla 16 for a 1ST 2 2 2 OSU 33 45 6
OKLAHOMA (7:16 – 2nd) Rudolph pass complete to Washington for 35 yds for a TD 2 1 10 OKL 35 37 0
KANSAS STATE (5:51 – 1st) Rudolph pass complete to Washington for 38 yds for a TD 1 1 10 KSU 38 38 0
KANSAS STATE (5:00 – 3rd) Rudolph pass complete to Washington for 52 yds to the KanSt 6 for a 1ST 3 2 4 OSU 42 48 4
KANSAS (14:00 – 3rd) Rudolph pass complete to Washington for 30 yds for a TD 3 1 10 KAN 30 34 0
VIRGINIA TECH (5:37 – 3rd) Rudolph pass complete to Washington for 65 yds for a TD 3 2 12 OSU 35 36 29
VIRGINIA TECH (14:37 – 4th) Rudolph pass complete to Washington for 35 yds to the VTech 38 for a 1ST 4 1 10 OSU 27 31 4
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